Kyiv 2017

For all the news about the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv.

Lucie Jones Releases Revamped Version of ‘Never Give Up On You’

Lucie Jones Releases Revamped Version of ‘Never Give Up On You’

On the 27th January, Lucie Jones won Eurovision: You Decide, with her song ‘Never Give Up On You’. The first version of the song was minimalistic, and focussed mostly on Lucie’s vocal ability. However, the full revamped version of the song, as well as its music video, has been released! You can see the video for yourself and hear how the song has changed below: Building on a strong foundation The new version of ‘Never Give Up On You’ has a much more produced, modern, electronic feel. It also builds on the strong foundation which had already been created, whilst still keeping a focus on Lucie’s beautiful vocals. The last chorus of the song is now very different to that of the original song. It shows off a great bass beat, pleasing many fans who had asked for some sort of drums or extra beat to be added in near the end of the song. Lucie Jones’ journey to Eurovision Lucie has already confirmed that she will be attending both the London and Amsterdam Eurovision pre-parties. Nevertheless, she has kept rather quiet since her win in UK, most likely as she was busy working on her song. Hopefully now Lucie …
Svala’s ‘Paper’ wins the Icelandic ticket to Kyiv

Svala’s ‘Paper’ wins the Icelandic ticket to Kyiv

Iceland have chosen their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. They closed off the national final season by picking Svala with her song Paper. Svala will now travel to Ukraine to represent her home country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. A seemingly easy victory Svala had a seemingly easy victory tonight. The jury already gave her the highest score, over 2,500 points ahead of the runner-up. Iceland used a rather remarkable voting system where the winner of each juror’s vote received about 3,900 votes. Televote however made their preference clear from the start. In the first round, Svala received 45,258 votes. Runner op Daði Freyr received 25,195. Both of those acts moved on to the superfinal, where Paper was announced as the winner. They did however have a new round of voting before announcing the winner. Svala the early favourite The favourite of Söngvakeppnin 2017 was clear from the moment the entries were released. Svala is one of the most popular singers in the country. The fact she even considered entering Söngvakeppnin made her a clear favourite. The song, Paper, gave her the final push. RÚV have not revealed the televoting statistics of the superfinal yet, but one could expect Svala …
Fusedmarc to represent Lithuania with “Rain of Revolution”

Fusedmarc to represent Lithuania with “Rain of Revolution”

The Lithuanian way to Kyiv started more than two months ago, on 7th of January. Back then, the first 12 of 51 candidates competed in the first of many “Eurovizija” shows. Eight heats and one semi-final later, we finally know who is going to represent Lithuania in Kyiv. Even though there were only seven contestants left in the final, tonight’s show went on for more than three hours. There were plenty of musical acts and useless chats to fill all that time. In the end, after half an hour of presenting the jury votes, we got to know that the band Fusedmarc won the ticket to Ukraine where they will perform “Rain of Revolution”. Both in the televoting and the jury voting, Fusedmarc ended up in the lead, even though Aistè Pilvelyte was said to be the favourite beforehand with the song “I’m Like A Wolf” by noone less than Aminata Savadogo. The complete results of the “Eurovizija” final are as followed: Fusedmarc – “Rain of Revolution” Aistè Pilvelyte – “I’m Like a Wolf” Kotryna Juodzeviciute – “Love Shadow” Gytis Ivanauskas (Lolita Zero) – “Get frighten” Gabrielius Vagelis – “Feel Myself Free” Greta Zazza – “Like I Love You” Paula – …
Norway “Grab The Moment” with Jowst!

Norway “Grab The Moment” with Jowst!

After a 2 hour show, Norway have made their decision and chose their representative for 2017, it is Jowst! Jowst will represent Norway, with the EDM inspired song “Grab The Moment”, as they have won Melodi Grand Prix 2017! You can see the live performance of the Norwegian entry below: The Results Both the international juries and the televoters agreed on the result, as 4 of the juries gave their vote to Grab The Moment in the first round of voting. After the first round of voting was complete, the super finalists were announced as: Ulrikke – Places Jowst – Grab The Moment Elin & The Woods – First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii) Ammunition – Wrecking Crew After a second round of voting, this time only for the Norwegian public, the results were announced. Surprising most Eurovision fans, who thoroughly enjoy this entry, Ulrikke came in fourth place. In third place, another shock to Eurovision fans, was Elin & The Woods. This left only Jowst and Ammunition. After a tense delay, Jowst were announced as the winners of Melodi Grand Prix 2017, and they will represent Norway in Kyiv! Who are Jowst? Jowst is short for Joakim With Steen. As …
Robin Bengtsson goes on to Kyiv for Sweden

Robin Bengtsson goes on to Kyiv for Sweden

After six weeks of Melodifestivalen 2017 taking place around Sweden, Robin Bengtsson has emerged victorious with the song “I Can’t Go On” after he won the International Jury vote comfortably and came a solid third in the public televote. Having chosen to alter his lyric from “so fucking beautiful” to “so fricking beautiful” in order to charm the International Juries and make his song more accessible to worldwide radio, Robin Bengtsson proved that decision to be wise by winning 96 points – giving him a 20 point lead over Nano heading into the televote. With the app vote making the spread of public televote extremely narrow – only 27 points covered first to last place – this 20 point lead became unassailable once Robin received the third highest total of votes, 10.6% of the vote and 50 points. Nano won the televote with 11,9% and 57 points whilst Wiktoria came second with 10,9% and 51 points. The results in full The full breakdown of results was published after the show on SVT’s official Melodifestivalen website: 1st – Robin Bengtsson: “I Can’t Go On” – 146 points (96 jury, 50 televote) 2nd – Nano: “Hold On” – 133 points (76 jury, 56 televote) 3rd – Jon …
Live: Europe starts voting now… for the very last time in 2017! Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Lithuania select for Eurovision 2017

Live: Europe starts voting now… for the very last time in 2017! Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Lithuania select for Eurovision 2017

After a marathon national final season, tonight the public will make their final few decisions. A busy week is ahead for all 43 delegations heading to Kyiv, Ukraine, as they must submit their entries, performance ideas and staging requirements in the coming days. First, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Lithuania need to decide who they will be sending to the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Friends Arena will be the stage for undoubtedly one of the most popular national finals of the season. Melodifestivalen is entering the last of their six weeks and with former Eurovision winner Loreen (and obviously Charlotte Perrelli) being left out of the final, the field seems to be relatively open with Wiktoria as slight frontrunner in this national final. The voting process is unchanged. The viewers and international juries will vote and the winner will be determined as the song with the most points. The international jury vote will be awarded first. These 11 juries will award points 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 to their favourite entries. A total of 473 points will be awarded by the juries.  The public vote is made up of several different methods; they can vote up to five times per song …
Tijana Bogićević unveils “In Too Deep” for Serbia!

Tijana Bogićević unveils “In Too Deep” for Serbia!

Tijana Bogićević has just released the song which will represent Serbia in this year’s contest! “In Too Deep” is written by Joacim Persson, Borislav Milanov, Johan Alkenas and Ann-Mari Linder. Some of these people also wrote the FYR Macedonian entry to this year’s contest, “Dance Alone“, which was publicly released yesterday to positive reviews. A 40-second snippet of the song was previously released, which hinted at a very modern and uptempo song. The snippet generated some excitement for the release of the Serbian entry, reaching 6th in the betting odds! Now, it has finally been released in its entirety. Listen to the song below: Tijana’s History Tijana rose to fame in Serbia after the release of her third single “Čudo“, meaning “miracle”. The next year, she released a duet with Aleksa Jelić called “Još jednom“, meaning “one more time”. In Too Deep will be her sixth single, and her first single to be in English. She currently lives in the USA. This is not Tijana’s first experience with Eurovision either; she was a backing vocalist for Nina in 2011 and the song “Čaroban”! She also competed in Beovizija 2009 with the song “Pazi Šta Radiš”, although she failed to make …
Backlash in Ireland against Swedish-written song for Brendan Murray

Backlash in Ireland against Swedish-written song for Brendan Murray

This morning, Irish tabloid newspapers have published reactions to Ireland’s entry. A Swedish writing team, including Jörgen Elofsson, wrote “Dying to Try”, but the Irish songwriting association can not comprehend why a foreign team wrote Brendan Murray’s entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Elofsson has had 10 number ones in the UK and USA, including the songs If I Let You Go and Unbreakable, both by Westlife. However, the Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (or IASCA, for short) seem to think that this is irrelevant. About Dying To Try, the boss of IASCA, Sinead Troy, said: It’s disappointing to hear that RTE chose a Swedish songwriter over Irish songwriters to write the Eurovision Song entry, since I wasn’t aware of the callout to songwriters, so couldn’t inform our members. We would like to work with RTE in the future to increase the amount of Irish entries they do receive, so that we can continue to have Irish writers representing Ireland. In response, a spokesperson from RTE stated: The entries included songs from all over the world, and this includes many from Irish songwriters. The song was selected as Ireland’s entry after Louis Walsh asked songwriters to …
Alma’s Requiem has been finalised and released

Alma’s Requiem has been finalised and released

We’ve been talking about the French entry getting a revamp all weekend, with the news that a snippet of the bilingual chorus had been released. Now, we can confirm that “Requiem” by Alma has a brand new instrumentation and a completely new final minute. What we had expected from France to be a quick tweak of the lyrics to make it more accessible to an international audience has been wildly underestimated. The French have almost gone back to square one, adding in an extra layer of stringed instrumentation and rewriting the middle eight and final chorus. This allows Alma to build the song layer by layer, through each individual element of “Requiem” before culminating in a decisive dramatic final chorus. This new version of the French entry will be performed at the London Eurovision Party ahead of its participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine, this May. Alma will also make appearances at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam and the inaugural Spanish Eurovision preview party. To hear the song for yourself, and make your own mind up on the final version of “Requiem”, you can click to watch the official music video below from the Official YouTube Channel …
Who is Blanche, and how did City Lights come to be?

Who is Blanche, and how did City Lights come to be?

It is already well known that Blanche will represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Little is known so far about who Blanche is or how her song, City Lights, was made. So let’s find out! Before Eurovision As previously reported, the 17 year old became known in Belgium, after competing in the fifth season of The Voice Belgium. She reached the second week of the live shows, before being eliminated by her coach, French duo Cats on Trees. She was announced by RTBF as the Belgian representative on the 22nd November 2016, and City Lights was released on 8th March 2017. When asked about her previous experiences on The Voice Belgium, Blanche points out that her coach, Cats On Trees, were also responsible for several other acts. This made it difficult for them to create a complete artistic work together. Despite this, she says that the show greatly developed her self-confidence on stage. With Pierre Dumoulin, the writer of City Lights, Blanche sees it as more of a musical project in which the duo write and compose songs. If you need reminding of the song, here is the official music video: How was City Lights made? City Lights …
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